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January 2013 Newsletter

 
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      Christmas at Downton is Here to Stay!  
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The popularity of our December 2012 Limited Edition color was so overwhelming, that we -Lorna's and Jimmy Beans- couldn't help but make it a permanent color! Not only for us, but for everyone! Now any LYS can carry the Lorna's Laces Christmas At Downton color, making it easier for you to find it at a yarn shop near you, as well as online. This popular colorway is now available in all of your favorite Lorna's Laces weights including: Shepherd Sock, Shepherd Sport, Shepherd Worsted, Helen's Lace, Honor, Lion and Lamb, Solemate, and of course Sportmate.
Downton
We do have all of these yarns on order and should be receiving them soon! We hope you are as excited as we are to see this color join the ranks of Lorna's stunningly beautiful color options all year long!

If you haven't already, be sure to take a peek at the Mystery KAL which is now in progress.
 
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      January Limited Edition Denise2Go: Footprints In The Snow  
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Denise 2Go January Limited Edition
This month's limited edition Denise2Go set is a fabulously frosty combination of blue and white that reminds us of the mountain snow we get to enjoy up in Tahoe, and (from time to time) down here in Reno! Aptly named Footprints In The Snow, the cute fabric case in a classic color duo will look all to good in your knitting bag, not to mention it is super handy! The Denise2Go sets feature 6 of the most popular knitting needles sizes - US 5 through US 10 - along with 3 cord lengths, cord stoppers and a crochet hook. All this is wrapped up in a compact limited edition fabric case - get one before they're gone!
For those who prefer hooks to needles, Denise recently released their Crochet Denise2Go, which features the same versatility and portability for crocheters. These hooks can be used for regular crochet or Tunisian crochet - whichever tickles your fancy! Denise2Go Crochet Set
Denise2Go Crochet Set
$39.95
 
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      New Yarns from the Noro Color Wizards!  
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Noro's newest batch of yarns is pure joy in color form! First up is Kama, a sumptuous blend of wool, silk, kid mohair and angora, which makes for a winning combination of softness and warmth! Since it's a heavy worsted weight, Kama is perfect for winter sweaters and coats as well as quick small accessory projects. We really love the gorgeous vest in Noro Volume 32, which features a boxy fit, v-neck and cabled collar and front panel. Simply stunning!
Next up on the new Noro list is Kirara. This yummy blend of wool, cotton, silk and angora makes for a sturdy worsted weight yarn -perfect for multi-season cardigans and pullovers. We really love the tunic length sweater in Noro Volume 32 which has textured patterning on the sleeves and in a triangular shape on the front, creating a unique and interesting knit!
Lastly, we have Haniwa, a worsted weight yarn with silk as its primary ingredient, creating a sumptuous single ply that is both textured and drapey - what's not to love?!?! This elegant yarn subtly variegates instead of striping in the usual Noro fashion, creating colors that are bold and unique to the Noro family of yarns. The Haniwa Slouchy Shrug is a beautiful cable knit garment that is fun to wear both out on the town or snuggled up at home by the fire.
 
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      Fun New Yarns and Project Ideas  
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Amoroso
Amoroso
$12.50
If there is one yarn we're all crazy over, it's Malabrigo Lace Superwash! A versatile heavy lace/light fingering weight, this yarn is machine-washable and comes in a huge variety of colors (including new ones that arrived just last week!). The Lace Superwash is a special "test yarn" currently only available at Jimmy Beans. Kristen loves it so much, she designed the Truckee Shawlette pattern to feature it! We love helping customers coordinate colors for the stripes in their own Truckee Shawlettes - the Marte and Aguas combo is my personal favorite!
Sew Red by Laura Zander
Sew Red by Laura Zander
$22.95
Most of our knitting customers are familiar with our first Stitch Red book, Knit Red. We had such a positive reaction to the book, and such a fantastic response to last year's decision to carry fabric, that we decided to create a similar volume for our fabric lovers out there. Enter Sew Red! More than 25 of your favorite designers like Kaffe Fassett, Amy Butler, and Denyse Schmidt share not only beautiful patterns, but also their personal tips on keeping fit and fighting heart disease. And each copy will be personally signed by yours truly! The book will be released in February, but if you just can't wait, Sew Red is available now for preorder!
Italian Fringe Bag
Italian Fringe Bag
$8.50
Felted purses have come a long way from those lumpy, misshapen bags with uneven handles we all made in high school home-ec class. Don't believe me? Just check out some of Noni's creations! The Italian Fringe and Ridge purses are the height of fashion in classic hobo shapes with elegant detailing and sophisticated hardware. The Lipstick and Change bag is the perfect size for those little items you can't go anywhere without, and charming to boot! And best of all, you'll be proud to say, "I knitted AND felted it myself!" For felting, we like using the classic Cascade 220, which comes in just about any color you can imagine, or Lamb's Pride Worsted!
08 Olive
08 Olive
$12.99
Many of you have already been entranced by the beauty of all the subtly self-striping yarns out there, but do we have a surprise for you! Knitting Fever's Painted Desert yarn is destined to become a new favorite - constructed of three plies (or strands), each of a different color, this fingering-weight masterpiece softly fades from one shade to the next in exquisite, muted colorways. We think it would be fantastic for the Churchmouse Classics Diagonal Lace Scarf and Wrap!
Asterope Shawl
Asterope Shawl
$7.50
It's hard not to fall instantly in love with Romi Hill's patterns - her sweet shawlettes are universally flattering and never fail to elicit compliments! And her designs are diverse, from simple stripes in Taygete to an eye-catching lace panel in Asterope. We've been bowled over by her Home Is Where the Heart Is series; each new reveal is more beautiful than the last. Rachel couldn't wait to get the Carson shawl on her needles, and the result was stunning! The newest installment (shawl #3 of 5), Coyote Trail, just came in - happy trails to you!
Medium Walnut Drop Spindle
Medium Walnut Drop Spindle
$28.50
Not only beautiful, but also functional, Wool Tree Drop Spindles have everyone at the shop interested in learning to hand-spin their own yarn! Terry and Allie tell us it's easier than it looks, especially with these handy tools - they're made of premium maple and walnut woods and are perfectly balanced to ensure smooth spinning. With three sizes and two shaft choices, you can customize your selection to fit your needs. And for those of you who live close and would like some help spinning your own yarn, we now offer a hand-spindling class at the shop!
 
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      Terry's Tips: Gauge, Needles and Needle Sizing  
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Needle size comparison
US needle sizes can vary in actual metric size depending on the brand. In addition, you can't always assume a pattern lists needles in your country's size scale. The best way to get the right needle size is to use the metric measurement if it's listed in your pattern.

A great example of this discrepancy can be seen in comparing the US size 2 needles that we sell: Addi Turbo US 2 measures 3.0mm, but Clover, Crystal Palace and Knitter's Pride US 2 are all 2.75mm.
To make sure you have the right needle size, you need to look at your pattern: do you need a 2.75mm needle or a 3.0mm needle? Addi makes a 2.75mm and some of the others brands make US 2.5 (3mm) needles.

While not all sizes are different, some of the following sizes can differ based on the company that manufactures them:
-US 6 can be 4.0mm or 4.25mm especially if they are older needles or Crystal Palace
-US 17 is 12.0mm but Clover's are 12.75mm
-US 19 is 15.0mm but Crystal Palace's are 15.6mm
If you are having trouble, double-checking your needle size is a good first step. Be aware that the needle gauges made by each company reflect these size differences! Also pay attention to the slipperiness of your needles. Tight knitters might switch to slippery needles to "loosen up", and loose knitters can try less slippery needles to help make their knits a little tighter.
Needles and gauge
Don't be afraid to change you needles size up or down to get gauge, this is what you're supposed to do. The pattern gauge is what you need to get, and it doesn't matter what size needle you use to achieve it - as long as you like the fabric you're getting.

For a thorough explanation of gauge, please see our videos How to Measure Your Gauge Correctly and How to Adjust Your Needle Size to Get Gauge. Another great resource is Terry's blog post on Choosing the Right Needle Size.

For more help, you can send an email to askTerry@JimmyBeansWool.com.

Happy Knitting!
Terry
 
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      Interweave Crochet Winter 2013  
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Interweave Crochet never lets us down with their imaginative designs, beautiful yarns, and exciting articles! In this year's Winter Issue, they have really outdone themselves with designs by some of the greats in crochet like Dora Ohrenstein, Linda Permann, Doris Chan, and so many more! The issue even features a section inspired by the fashions of the early 20th Century named after favorite Characters from Downton Abbey! We couldn't resist loving the adorable Lady Sybil Cloche and elegant Lady Mary Skirt. Overall favorite designs from the issue we liked so much, we made them into kits! You can see our top 4 below.
Daisy Peplum
Daisy Peplum
From $55.20 to $96.96
Men's Tip Top Sweater
Men's Tip Top Sweater
From $72.00 to $94.99
Blueberry Popover 2.0
Blueberry Popover 2.0
From $81.25 to $125.74
Cowl Pullover
Cowl Pullover
From $134.40 to $198.99
 
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      Stock Your Stash with Some Amazing Sale Yarns!  
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We have so many wonderful yarns are sale, but here are just a few of our favorites...

Lorna's Laces Black Sheep: 50% Off! Lorna's Laces' Black Sheep, a worsted weight wool and viscose blend, features one strand of black yarn that is plied with some of your favorite Lorna's dyed yarn! Here are some of the current most popular colors...
Black Purl
Black Purl
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Chocolate
Chocolate
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Dobson
Dobson
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Black Watch
Black Watch
Was $19.90
Now $9.95
(50% off!)
Knitting Fever Flounce Metallic: 40% Off! Have we mentioned how much we love ruffles? Well, we do - and we especially love ruffles with sparkle! Flounce Metallic is a favorite at the shop; it's a mesh construction ruffle yarn just like regular Flounce, but with metallic thread woven along one edge. It can be knitted or crocheted to make a fabulous, fluffy ruffle scarf, and will put some glimmer on your neck and some pep in your step. This is your chance to get ruffling - now that you're done giving gifts to everyone on your holiday list, make one for yourself!
02 White, Grey, Black
02 White, Grey, Black
Was $15.00
Now $8.95
(40% off!)
03 Pink, Deep Rose, Burgundy
03 Pink, Deep Rose, Burgundy
Was $15.00
Now $8.95
(40% off!)
04 White, Sand, Light Brown
04 White, Sand, Light Brown
Was $15.00
Now $8.95
(40% off!)
08 Light Green, Olive, Dark Olive
08 Light Green, Olive, Dark Olive
Was $15.00
Now $8.95
(40% off!)
della Q Eden Cotton Project Bags: 40% Off! If you're hoping to get more organized this year, or, like me, have too many WIPs to keep track of, now is a great time to stock up on della Q Project Bags! These hand cotton drawstring bags are the perfect place to keep your unfinished projects from getting tangled or unraveled. And you can keep everything - pattern, needles or hooks, yarn - all in one easy to locate place! Available in Large and Small, della Q makes it easy to house your projects, no matter what size they may be.
Small - Shades Of Green
Small - Shades Of Green
Was $9.95
Now $5.95
(40% off!)
Small - Sprinkle
Small - Sprinkle
Was $9.95
Now $5.95
(40% off!)
Large - Cupcake
Large - Cupcake
Was $12.00
Now $7.20
(40% off!)
Large - Confetti
Large - Confetti
Was $12.00
Now $7.20
(40% off!)
Cascade Cash Vero Aran and DK: 40% Off! Once in a while, a perfect yarn comes along that's good for almost any project, but goes beyond your basic wool for a touch of indulgence. We've found one: Cascade Cash Vero. A delicious blend of extra fine merino wool, cashmere, and microfiber, it has the plush softness of sumptuous luxury fibers with the durability necessary to stand up in sturdy garments like sweaters, hats, and baby items. And in both Aran and DK weights, there are endless choices for projects: As an example, Heather is making the Springtime Bandit shawl (a free Ravelry download) in Cash Vero Aran, and the Cash Vero DK would be great for the Knitting Pure and Simple Button Front Baby Pullover!
Aran - Plum
Aran - Plum
Was $10.00
Now $6.00
(40% off!)
Aran - Celadon
Aran - Celadon
Was $10.00
Now $6.00
(40% off!)
DK - Baby Lavender
DK - Baby Lavender
Was $10.00
Now $6.00
(40% off!)
DK - Turquoise
DK - Turquoise
Was $10.00
Now $6.00
(40% off!)
 
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      Projects On Our Needles  
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Marilyn's Sanagi Dress
Marilyn's Sanagi Dress
Marilyn fell in love with this stunning multi-functional dress after it made a big splash on Ravelry. Shortly afterwards, we began carrying Olga Buraya-Kefelian's (also known as Olgajazzy) patterns and she knew she had to knit it! We think it turned out wonderful and looks so great on her in the Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy yarn!We love the color too, as not many of us can get away with wearing yellow and look so hip doing it!
Rachel's Truckee Shawlette
Rachel's Truckee Shawlette
This was Rachel's sample for the Truckee Shawlette Free Pattern. Rachel knit her shawl using 1 skein of Malabrigo Lace Superwash and 1 skein of Malabrigo Baby Silkpaca. She used a US size 3 needle. She loves how long the shawl turned out to be, and wears it around the shop all the time - making all of us want to knit one, too. Get the Free Pattern for the Truckee Shawlette on our Free Patterns Page.
Amanda's Deer With Little Antlers Hat
Amanda's Deer With Little Antlers Hat
When we received this adorable pattern from Tiny Owl Knits Amanda just knew she had to make it! Not only that, but she finished it just in time to wear to the Reno Santa Pub Crawl so that she could go as Rudolph... We love how her antlers are just slightly floppy for an extra cute look, and the hat is so soft and warm, Rudolph is probably jealous!
Gina's Noro Wadaiko Baktus for Monika
Gina's Noro Wadaiko Baktus for Monika
This lovely shawl was knit by Gina for Monika for our annual Holiday Party Secret Santa gift exchange! Gina saw this new Wadaiko sale yarn from Noro and knew the rainbow color would be a perfect match - you can see Monika is very happy about it too. Doesn't it just add to her already cheery disposition?
The pattern is called 'Baktus' and is available for free on Ravelry. Gina needed a slightly larger needle for this yarn, so she grabbed her US size 11's and cast on for some therapeutic garter stitch knitting.
Kristen's Peavine Hat and Cowl Set
Kristen's Peavine Hat and Cowl Set
This was the sample set for the Peavine Hat and Cowl Set. Kristen designed this hat and cowl, which was inspired by chilly and windy winters in the high desert and is currently coming in quite handy for its soft warmth, as it has been quite cold in our area recently. She used 2 skeins of Tosh Merino DK in Filligree and 2 balls of Debbie Bliss Angel in Teal. Get the Free Pattern for the Peavine Hat and Cowl set on our Free Patterns Page!
 
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      Meet a Bean: Amanda!  
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This month's bean is Amanda, who has worked for Jimmy Beans probably the longest of any other Bean besides Laura and Doug! She remembers the early days when we only used to ship a few packages a day, so she would have to lick all of the stamps to pay the postage. We've come a long way since then! Amanda has filled a lot of different roles over the years, but she now happily works on our Purchasing Team and has the fun job of ordering yarn! She says her personal favorite knitting items are Malabrigo Lace Superwash (her only impulse yarn buy EVER), Knitter's Pride Dreamz Circular Needles, and Tiny Owl Knits Patterns. (She recently knit herself the Deer with Antlers hat and it turned out SO cute!)
Amanda
Amanda and Huck
When she is not helping feed your fiber habit, Amanda spends time with her two horses, Comet and Denver, who keep her busy with all of their horsey antics. She is also a certified Equine Therapist and while she doesn't work in that field any longer, she still finds time to volunteer at a local therapy center. Needless to say, horses are her first love. Last summer, Amanda gave Huck a riding lesson on her horse Comet - which was the perfect photo op! How adorable is this photo?
Amanda comes from a family of fiber lovers, as both her mom Allison (Allie) and sister Phoebe have both worked at Jimmy Beans at various times throughout the years.
Allie is still here and is our resident spinning and weaving enthusiast! What a fun mom and daughter team; we are so lucky to have them both as part of the JBW family!

Here are some of Amanda's favorite things:
 
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